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How many hours a day do you stare at a computer screen? We’re not just talking about your laptop or desktop computer. How about your phone or tablet? Whether you check your email a million times day, flip through your Facebook feed or binge watch Netflix, staring at computer screens can hurt your eyes.
Are you suffering from sleep loss or feel tired all the time? It could be from looking at your cell phone, but what can you do?
This new ophthalmological epidemic has led to a new revolution in eyewear to help battle the symptoms of constant computer consumption. Computer reading glasses are designed to eliminate the problems of computer screens, but how to they work?
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Light is made up of colors. Each color represents a certain frequency range. When you look up at the blue sky, what you actually see the blue light frequency making it through the atmosphere while the other colors are refracted.
It’s like when light hits a crystal and you see all the different rainbow colors. While the sun is the largest creator of natural blue light, computer screens and cellular phones are second.
The blue light emitted from a cell phone is far less than that of the sun, but you’re also not staring into the sun for hours a day. If you work on a computer, then you spend 7-8 hours, five days a week staring at the screen.
You go home and stare at another screen for hours. You stare at you cell phone on lunch break. Over time, it causes Computer Vision Syndrome. It’s the long-term impact of eye strain.
You may notice a headache or dry eyes after sitting at your computer for a few hours. Once you walk away, it goes away. Prolonged exposure to blue light leads to stronger headaches and dryness, blurry vision and dizziness.
Blue Light and Sleep
Do you spend an hour or two before bed watching movies on your phone or reading books? Have you noticed it’s more difficult to go and stay to sleep? Blue light decreases the ability of your body to produce melatonin, which helps regulate sleep.
You get the bulk of your blue light from the sun, which is a good thing. As dusk approaches, the amount of blue light decreases and your body produces melatonin. If you’re spending time on the computer or phone at night, then your body thinks it’s still daylight.
It’s now 11 p.m., you have to be awake in 6 hours and you can’t sleep. You need to find a way to either reduce your blue light exposure or stop being on your phone so late. Yeah, the phone thing isn’t going to happen is it.
Science has shown that specially designed computer reading glasses can help both with the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome and sleep issues causes by blue light.
Computer Reading Glasses
There are many types of computer reading glasses available that help reduce eye strain and decrease or eliminate the effects of computer vision syndrome.
They work by having tints and anti-reflective coatings to help reduce overall eye strain. These are different than prescription or standard reading glasses.
If you wear standard reading or prescription glasses, you’re getting hit full force with blue light and eye strain. They’re designed to provide vision correction, but not protection. Computer glasses offer both.
What else makes computer reading glasses great is their low cost when compared to prescription glasses. You can get computer glasses with numerous magnifications to fit your needs.
There are also many different styles, so no matter if you’re looking for chic and sophisticated or a more bohemian look, there a pair of computer reading glasses for you.
Don’t Let Computers Strain Your Vision
If you’re noticing headaches and blurred vision after hours at work or playing online games like Word of Warcraft and Fortnight, then you could be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome. While there is currently no evidence of long term problems associated with the syndrome, prevent the symptoms with computer reading glasses.
If you’re interested in learning more about them or want to see our wide and varied selection, then visit this link.
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